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Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

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President Donald Trump on Sunday spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, where Trump expressed "strong support" for the alliance, according to the White House.

"President Donald J. Trump spoke today with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg about the United States' strong support for NATO," the White House said in a readout of the phone call.

The leaders also discussed the conflict in Ukraine. The White House said that they talked about "the potential for a peaceful resolution of the conflict along the Ukrainian border." The readout from NATO confirmed that Trump and Stoltenberg "discussed the uptick in violence in eastern Ukraine, and prospects for a peaceful settlement."

Both the Trump administration and NATO said in statements that the two parties talked about NATO members' commitment to defense spending, a pet issue of Trump's. The President has previously said that member countries do not pay their fair share and threatened to withhold American support unless other members fulfilled their funding obligations.

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Update: The Washington Post issued an update to its story on Saturday evening after the White House contested a number of factual assertions in the story.


Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that Steve Bannon did not make a visit to the Department of Homeland Security in Jan. 28 and that Bannon did not participate in a 2 a.m. phone call on Jan. 29. Spicer also denied that President Donald Trump called for a pause in new executive orders after the rollout of the order barring travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Spicer told the Post that Chief of Staff Reince Priebus put in place new procedures for orders.

“I think we got things wrong in this column,” Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt told the Huffington Post. “That’s why we published an editor’s note and a correction. I regret getting things wrong. We try really hard not to, but we do make mistakes. And when we make mistakes, we try to correct them and be transparent to the readers what we got wrong.”

When Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly set out to exempt green card holders from President Donald Trump's order barring visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries, White House adviser Steve Bannon ordered Kelly not to, according to a Saturday report in the Washington Post.

Bannon made a personal visit to the Department of Homeland Security on Jan. 28 to give Kelly the order, but Kelly refused to follow Bannon's instructions, per the Washington Post.

Following publication of the Post's story, the White House denied to the Post that Bannon visited the Department of Homeland Security on Jan 28.

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Though President Donald Trump signed over his business to a trust led by his eldest son, Donald Trump, Jr., and another Trump Organization employee, documents show that Trump still has close ties to his business.

The documents filed to a board that oversees liquor licenses in Washington, D.C., were obtained by ProPublica and first reported on by the New York Times.

The filing shows that Trump is still the only beneficiary of the trust and that he has the power to revoke the trust.

The Times explains:

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer vowed to fight President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee after the President lashed out at the federal judge who blocked his executive order suspending the country's refugee program and temporarily barring visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

“The President's attack on Judge James Robart, a Bush appointee who passed with 99 votes, shows a disdain for an independent judiciary that doesn't always bend to his wishes and a continued lack of respect for the Constitution, making it more important that the Supreme Court serve as an independent check on the administration," Schumer said in a Saturday statement.

“With each action testing the Constitution, and each personal attack on a judge, President Trump raises the bar even higher for Judge Gorsuch's nomination to serve on the Supreme Court. His ability to be an independent check will be front and center throughout the confirmation process," the minority leader added.

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After a federal judge on Friday blocked President Donald Trump's order suspending the refugee program and barring travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries, the State Department on Saturday said it would reinstate visas that were revoked due to Trump's order, according to the Associated Press.

The State Department said it took steps to reverse the cancellation of visas after the Justice Department communicated with them about the judge's ruling on Friday, per AP.

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Republican Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate has proposed requiring voters to present a government-issued ID, but does not think that such a measure would require the state to set aside funds to raise public awareness about the rule.

"We are not asking for any additional funding for this, because educating and encouraging people to vote is part of the duties this office already conducts," Kevin Hall, a spokesman for Pate, told the Associated Press.

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Asked if President Donald Trump would consider taking military action against Iran, White House Press Secretary said Friday that Trump never takes options off the table.

"The President's been very clear," Spicer said during the daily press briefing. "He doesn't take options off the table, but he understands the impact of something like" military action."

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Friday suggested President Donald Trump "inspired" the job growth shown in the January jobs report, even though Trump was only sworn into office on Jan. 20.

"Today's report reflects the consumer confidence that the Trump presidency has inspired," Spicer told reporters at the daily press briefing.

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